Sprawling expansion plan for Living Planet Aquarium in Utah has a huge centerpiece: U2’s ‘The Claw’

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From the moment he met with architects to explain his vision back in 1998, Brent Andersen intended for Draper’s Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (LLPA) to be far more than the last word of its name conveyed, for it to incorporate animal exhibits, classrooms, high-tech interactive stations, a conservation center …

But adding “The Claw” — a 165-foot-tall, 190-ton stage component that rock band U2 used on its 360° Tour between 2009 and 2011 — well, that was just a bonus.

After announcing in July a proposal to add an 80,000-square-foot Science Learning Center to its campus, the LLPA on Tuesday morning disclosed additional details of its ambitious and sprawling 9-acre, $25 million expansion plan, to include “The Claw” as a centerpiece.

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